Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Princess Birthday Party

With this year's birthday party coming up I thought I would write about a couple of The Princess' past birthday parties.

Last year for her 6th birthday party we went with a princess party! I knew that if we were going to do a princess party, it had to be The Ultimate Princess Party! The Princess had a blast, so I like to think that I succeeded! :)



Invitation

I decided to go the easy route and did an evite. I am really particular about the guest count and the easiest way to keep track is evite. Plus, it seems like no one ever RSVPs when you mail them out which drives me insane!

Here is the wording I used:


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Princesses, Princes, Knights, & Jesters,

Her Royal Highness Princess name, is turning six years old! In celebration of this joyous occasion, the princess requests the honor of your presence at the royal gala marking her sixth year. Come one, come all, in your finest royal attire (costume) to The last name Castle in the Kingdom of city on Saturday date and time.

Costumes

On the invite we invited all guests to dress up as Princes, Princesses, or knights. The Princess picked out her dress at a bridal shop. It reminded her of the dress that the mice and birds fixed up for Cinderella. You know, the one that the step sisters ruined... My Fiance and I dressed up as a Prince and Princess. It took a lot to convince him, but he eventually came around. I'm so glad he did because it was a major hit!



Decorations

To greet guests, I had one life sized cardboard Knight hung on each side of the front door. I purchased these at Shindigz.com.


In the back yard we built a cardboard castle and carriage. The kids loved playing in them!  Getting cardboard boxes wasn't easy. I called all over looking for an appliance store that would hold refrigerator boxes. None of the big companies would do it. Finally a small appliance store saved some. If you ever need to get your hands on boxes, I would suggest starting with small local businesses. 



To build them we purchased box rivets at Mr. Mcgroovy's. The rivets connect the boxes together. We also purchased building plans from them. The website makes it seem really simple, but it does take a while. 4 men built the castle and carriage and it took close to 4 hours. We stapled wallpaper purchased at www.shindigz.com to the front of the castle and spray painted the carriage.



We also used a lot of tulle inside and outside. The Princess said it looked like a wedding. 


I set up a banquet table by putting long tables side by side and set it with golden plates and cups for all of the royal guests. I put goody bags at every chair. I bought the colorful bags at Michael's and filled them with princess themed goodies from www.orientaltrading.com. The girls bags had candy, tattoos, stickers, and jewelry. The boys treat bags had candy, tattoos, stickers, and inflatable swords. I wrote the names of each child on the bags and use them as place settings so that I could seat the children that knew each other together.


The Birthday Princess had a special throne seat at the end of the table of course!


Food

For lunch I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I used princess cookie cutters to cut them into crowns, princess shoes, and carriages. I also served fruit and pink princess punch (7up with raspberry sherbet ice cream).

Activities

As guests arrived, I had a child table set up in a room by the front door with a craft to make crowns. I purchased the craft kits at Oriental Trading. I used the Festive Crowns for boys and the Fabulous Princess Crowns for girls because they looked more like tiaras. They each came in kits that make 12 including stickers for under $10.



We also played Kiss The Frog. It is just a princess twist on the good old fashioned game Pin The Tail on The Donkey. With so many children, I purchased 3 games for only 1.99 a piece at Shindigz.com. I asked 2 mothers to be in charge of 2 of the games, while I was in charge of the third. Before playing we wrote the names of each child on the lips that they were going to pin. The children lined up and took turns trying to pin the lips on the frog. They got a kick out of where the lips were when they took off the masks. Whoever had the closest lips in each line got a small candy prize.



The last activity was pony rides! A local company does them for birthday parties and we had them bring out two ponies for an hour. We requested the white pony of course because every Prince Charming has a white horse! All of the kids had a blast riding them. I think this was probably the party favorite!


 Cake

When The Princess told me that she wanted a princess party, I have to admit that I was most excited about making a princess cake.  She and I got online and searched different design ideas and this is what we came up with.


It was pink strawberry cake with strawberry filling and pink vanilla frosting. Judging by how long the kids sat down to eat, I would say it was pretty yummy!


I hope that I'm not forgetting anything. The party was so fun for me to plan, and I think all of the kiddos had a blast, especially My Princess! Hopefully I've given some of you a couple fun ideas for your own princess party! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading! Take care and God bless!

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6 comments:

  1. holy cow that has got to be the most awesome bday party ever!
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    1. Thanks! Hoping we can top it this year, hehe!
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  3. Oh my goodness! This is so cute! You throw awesome birthday parties for your little princess :)

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